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Sox denied clinch
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Indians 4, Red Sox 3
Jacoby Ellsbury tumbles after trying to make a catch in the fifth inning. (Winslow Townson/AP)
With a playoff berth just a victory away, the Red Sox fell to the Indians, as Josh Beckett yielded four runs over six innings to take the loss. David Ortiz smoked his 23rd homer, but it wasn't enough for Boston, which fell to 2 1/2 games back in the AL East while holding a six-game lead over the Yankees in the Wild Card race.
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Series at a glance:
CLE
Cleveland (79-77)
Won 7
Cleveland 4, Boston 3   BOS
Boston (91-65)
Lost 1
September 22, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Cleveland
0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0   4 8 0
Boston
0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0   3 12 0
Standings thru 9/22/08  |  Recap: CLE | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Indians stats  |  Red Sox stats
Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sizemore, G, CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .271
Carroll, 3B 5 1 1 1 0 3 1 .273
Choo, RF 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 .308
Peralta, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .272
Hafner, DH 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 .203
Francisco, B, LF 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 .272
Garko, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .267
Shoppach, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .266
Cabrera, A, 2B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .255
Totals 34 4 8 4 2 9 13  

BATTING
2B: Francisco, B 2 (32, Beckett, Beckett), Peralta 2 (41, Beckett, Lopez, Jav).
TB: Cabrera, A 2; Peralta 4; Carroll; Francisco, B 4; Choo.
RBI: Cabrera, A (44), Carroll (32), Choo (60), Hafner (24).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sizemore, G 2; Shoppach; Garko.
GIDP: Francisco, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Peralta-Garko).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF-RF 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 .274
Pedroia, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .323
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .265
Youkilis, 3B 4 0 3 2 1 0 0 .312
Bay, LF 4 0 2 0 1 2 4 .289
Lowrie, SS 5 0 0 0 0 3 6 .260
Kotsay, RF-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .272
Varitek, C 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .221
Bailey, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .268
  a-Casey, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .332
  1-Crisp, PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Totals 37 3 12 3 5 8 19  

a-Singled for Bailey in the 8th.
1-Ran for Casey in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (28, Jackson, Z), Youkilis 2 (43, Jackson, Z, Betancourt, R), Bay (35, Lewis).
HR: Ortiz, D (23, 5th inning off Jackson, Z, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ellsbury 2; Ortiz, D 6; Pedroia; Casey; Youkilis 5; Bay 3; Bailey.
RBI: Youkilis 2 (109), Ortiz, D (88).
2-out RBI: Youkilis; Ortiz, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay 3; Kotsay 2; Lowrie 2.
GIDP: Ellsbury.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
DP: (Lowrie-Pedroia-Bailey).

 
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, Z (W, 1-3) 6.0 6 2 2 4 4 1 5.96
Perez, R (H, 25) 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.36
Betancourt, R (H, 12) 1.2 2 0 0 1 2 0 5.11
Lewis (S, 12) 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.84
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett (L, 12-10) 6.0 7 4 4 1 6 0 4.03
Lopez, Jav 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.47
Masterson 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.19
Okajima 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.72

Game Scores: Jackson, Z , Beckett .
WP: Beckett.
IBB: Bay (by Betancourt, R).
HBP: Garko (by Beckett), Shoppach (by Beckett), Francisco, B (by Beckett).
Pitches-strikes: Jackson, Z 95-55, Perez, R 6-6, Betancourt, R 29-16, Lewis 12-11, Beckett 105-67, Lopez, Jav 9-5, Masterson 9-7, Okajima 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Jackson, Z 7-5, Perez, R 1-0, Betancourt, R 1-1, Lewis 0-1, Beckett 9-3, Lopez, Jav 1-0, Masterson 3-0, Okajima 1-0.
Batters faced: Jackson, Z 27, Perez, R 3, Betancourt, R 7, Lewis 5, Beckett 29, Lopez, Jav 3, Masterson 4, Okajima 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Betancourt, R 2-1, Masterson 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 57 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 37,828.
Venue: Fenway Park.
September 22, 2008
September 22, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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